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Shearim at Berman Hebrew Academy Our Mission At Sulam, our team of special educators

provides every student in K-12 with a highly individualized educational program—in a

unique combination of inclusion in general education classrooms and targeted

instruction—to help ensure maximum learning potential for a lifetime.

Our Vision The vision of Sulam is to ensure that a high

quality education is available to every child in the Greater Washington area irrespective of

Location Shearim at Berman Hebrew Academy is located in Rockville, Maryland. Shearim, the Hebrew word for gateways, is a Life Skills

learning differences.

program for students in K through 12th grades. Shearim

At Sulam we believe:

specific personal needs and educational requirements.

+ Every student has the right to a

rigorous Jewish education alongside his/her peers.

+ Every student can be a contributing

member of the Jewish community and society at large.

+ Every student has strengths and wants to be successful.

+ Everyone benefits from an inclusive

classroom environment in which there are diverse learning styles.

students receive individualized instruction to meet their

Shearim Goals + Develop skills that foster independence. + Develop a strong connection to the Jewish community and Torah values. + Provide support in all content areas, to promote functional academic success.

Who We Serve

+ Integrate students socially within the larger

Shearim at Berman serves students in K through

+ Create guidelines for appropriate social

12th grades who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. Students in the Shearim program are integrated into many general education classes at Berman throughout the day, while also receiving functional math, English, Reading, Judaics and other life skills classes.


exchange. + Support individual strengths and abilities to meet their maximum potential.


assessments. Strategies are provided to build functional

Every Shearim student receives a Formal Education Plan (FEP) to meet his or her needs. Students are challenged to meet

Life Skills

their personal goals, and provided support to learn important

Shearim students at Berman are taught inside the classroom

life skills needed in the adult world. Core subjects of Reading, Writing, Math, and Judaics (Hebrew reading and Torah concepts) are taught with a focus on critical thinking, language development, and functional living. In high school, Shearim students also learn practical skills such as banking, budgeting, computer use, daily living, independent transportation, and cooking. Students participate in Berman elective classes and benefit from ceramics, drawing, painting and print making, auto workshop, health, sports and fitness,

reading skills on a one-to-one basis, or in group instruction.

and in real life settings such as the grocery store, bank, Metro, etc. Upper School Shearim students develop their very own baking business, making and selling muffins to their Berman and Sulam peers. Hygiene, abuse prevention, social and conversational skills, and practical living strategies are part of the curriculum of the Shearim Life Skills program.

and computer science.

Work Study Program

Students graduate from 12th grade with a Certificate of

Upper School Shearim students participate in a Work Study


Program that teaches vocational skills and professionalism in real community work settings such as grocery stores, restaurants, offices, schools, bakeries, and more. Work Study participants typically spend 1 - 2 hours per week with a job coach at various Work Study sites. The goals of the Work Study Program are to foster responsibility, communication skills, problem solving, and independence. Students learn self-confidence and receive feedback that they are valued, and have important contributions to make as members of the greater community.

Extra Curricular Activities All Shearim students are encouraged to participate fully in all Berman extra curricular activities. Many have excelled in the arts, the Berman drama program, the Berman Beats — accapella group, and athletics. In addition, Sulam students are included in many extra curricular activities such as art,

Psychological and Social Emotional Support Services Shearim students are offered the services of the Sulam Clinical Psychologist as needed. Identified students receive weekly therapy sessions to enhance social, emotional, and behavioral health.

ceramics, photography, auto-mechanics, and health, sports,

Additionally, Sulam’s Behavior Specialist creates a Social

and fitness.

Emotional and Behavioral profile for each student, and helps

Shearim Upper School students at Berman have participated in the Mission to Israel, a two week trip in which all students are given the opportunity to learn about Israel by visiting and experiencing the land in person.

Reading Support

teachers implement strategies and provide social feedback in real class time for students.

Other Services Speech, OT, and PT consultants are available to offer suggestions and strategies as needed. In addition, consultants

The Sulam Reading Specialist creates a reading profile for

can provide services both during class time, and on a one-to-

each Shearim student based upon data collection and

one basis. These services are provided with an extra fee.

Admissions Process 1. Contact Lianne Heller, Director of Sulam,

language evaluations, occupational therapy

to discuss whether Sulam may be the right

and physical therapy testing, and current

program for your child. Call 301-962-9400, ext

report cards.

5207 or email 2. Schedule a time to meet with Lianne Heller to discuss your child, tour the school, and learn more about Sulam. 3. Complete a Student Application Form and Scholarship Application (if warranted). These will be provided at the preliminary meeting with Lianne Heller. Alternatively, the Application Forms can be found on the Sulam website at 4. Forward all relevant evaluations and documents to the school. These may include: Psycho-educational testing, speech and

5. Schedule an appointment to meet with the Sulam multi-disciplinary team to discuss possible placement for your child. 6. Provide permission to your child’s current school for Sulam to observe him or her. 7. Bring your child to the school for an informal evaluation and to visit the classrooms. 8. Provide permission to all relevant professionals who have worked with your child to speak with Sulam personnel. 9. Lianne Heller will be in contact with you regarding acceptance of your child into the Sulam program.

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